Newsletter Special Hobby 6/2018

The June edition of Special Hobby newsletter is here and brings you among other items yet more detail sets for the new 1/32 Revell P-51D Mustang kit, including the main undercarriage and tailwheel legs made of special, heat hardened resin. There is plenty of items from the CMK range of resin sets too, let us mention several resin cast figures in various scales, starting with the British WW2 fighter pilot and ground crew (for the new Kittyhawk model) all the way through to the German WW1 artilleryman which will nicely accompany the 25cm schwerer Minenwerfer model.

There are also three injection moulded plastic models, the 1/32 I.A.R.81 BoPi dive bomber and two 1/72 models, the Dornier Do-27, this time in civilian guise and the FH-1 Phantom, which took our team rather long time to finish.

As modellers keep asking what models and detail sets Special Hobby are working on, let me unveil our plans for the future a bit. A couple of days ago on our facebook page, we exposed a rendered image of the 1/32 CMK Centaurus engine with engine installation for the Tempest Mk.II model, which set no doubt aroused interest among the modelling community. The new 1/32 Whirlwind is no less a popular topic. Our team are still working rather hard on this type and we hope to have it finished by this Autumn, as well as the 1/48 Si 204 and 1/72 Sunderland.

Let me also draw your attention to the very few last examples of the SH72141 1/72 Blackburn Roc, 72557 1/72 A-20B Havoc "MTO" and SH48033 1/48 Macchi MC.200 I. Serie "Bubble Canopy".

A. Riedel


Dornier Do 27 "Civilian Service" 1/72 Scale Barcode
100-SH72349 1/72 8594071085858

In the post war year, many German aircraft designers feared the possible ban on aircraft production and begun to leave the country. Among them also Claudius Dornier Jr., the son of the famous German WW2 aircraft builder. He settled in Spain where he founded company named Oficinas Técnicas Dornier (OTEDO). In the mid 50’s, the Spanish Air Ministry was looking for a new STOL aircraft and having received the order for such an aircraft, Dornier designed the Dornier Do 25 type, a high wing aircraft for a crew of four. Two prototype airframes were built by CASA company in Spain, while in Germany, in the rebuilt Dornier works, the type was redesigned as the Do 27, powered by the Lycoming GSO-480-B1B6 engine. This type was also finally put into production, becoming the first aircraft to be mass-produced in Germany after the war. In total, 428 airframes were built in several different versions and they were operated by all three services of the newly built German military, ie the air force, navy and land forces. At the same time, a 50-unit batch was also being produced in Spain for their military, named the CASA C-127/U.9. The type’s many versions differed mainly by the style of the undercarriage, engine and propeller used, the shape of the tail fin or by having either single or twin controls in the cockpit. The Dornier Do 27 was not only used by air forces of many European countries, namely by Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and some others, but also elsewhere over the globe. It could be seen flying in several African countries, in the State of Israel and also in Turkey. The type found its way to civil aviation market too and was quite liked by so-called bush pilots for its excellent performance in harsh conditions of irregular air transport in Africa or South America. In Europe, the Do 27 served as touring or skydiving aircraft.
This nicely detailed model originates in steel moulding tools and comes on five sprues of grey styrene and one sprue of clear parts which can be attached also in open position – meaning both the front cockpit door and the large fuselage window on either side of the fuselage to nicely show the busy interior of the model.
The decal sheet offers markings for three machines. The option A portrays the arguably most popular civilian Do 27 ever, the Zebra-stripped machine which was owned by biologist and film maker M.Grzimek and was flown in the skies of Africa. Option B brings an all-yellow Swiss machine and the final marking option depicts a quite unique machine which had Australian registration and was operated in Papua-New Guinea (administered by Australia prior 1975) by a Christian mission. The airframe was painted in white and two shades of green.

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FH-1 Phantom "Demonstration Teams and Trainers" 1/72 Scale Barcode
100-SH72297 1/72 8594071086367

The first US Navy’s jet aircraft to be operated from the aircraft carriers and the first jet of the US Marines ever, such could be the description of the airframe produced by McDonnell under designation the FH-1 and which was commonly known as the Phantom, although the same name, just with a number II added, would be later given to another and much more popular jet to seemingly eclipse the historic significance of the original Phantom.
McDonnell company was established in 1939, and in 1940 it received its first contract for a production of subassemblies for other producers. In January 1943, McDonnell’s design team was assigned a new job though. The US Navy commissioned a jet fighter aircraft to be built which was to be known as the FD-1, later to be renamed to the FH-1 in 1947 (in US Navy system, the letter D denoted the Douglas company)
The team, led by K.Perkins, put forward a concept of a straight wing monoplane of all-metal construction. The power plants were supplied by Westinghouse. Originally, before the whole concept of the aircraft became clear enough, as many as eight engines were considered per each machine. Eventualy, a more conventional design with two powerplants on either side of the fuselage was accepted. The machine was fitted with six machine guns in the nose section and the Phantom military nickname was chosen. The type’s Model 19 powerplants proved to lack the necessary performance and were quite unreliable, too. However, the prototype XFD-1 machine begun its taxiing tests fitted with this type of powerplants, to be more precise it was fitteed with just one engine. On 26 January 1945, an accidental hop occured during taxiing which was considered the type’s very first take off. The flight tests went on until 1 November 1945 when the plane crashed, killing its pilot, W.Burke. It was hard times for the company, indeed. The original order calling for 100 examples of the aircraft was cut down to just 30 airframes by the end of the war, however, eventually, as many as 60 airframes were requested. The flight tests went on with the second prototype, during these tests the very first landing and consequent take off from an aircraft carrier occured, making the Phantom the very first naval jet aircraft to achieve this milestone.
The production machines differed from the prototypes by having their tail fins squared off, the wind shield was simplified, fuel tanks enlarged and a provision for another tank carried under the belly was also made. The very first production airframes, the FH-1, went to VF-17 unit, making it the first jet aircraft unit of the US Navy. The unit was later re-equipped with the more modern Banshee type and renamed to VF-171. The second Navy unit to operate the Phantom was VF-172, while the first Marines unit to do so was VFM-122, which, led by ace pilot Marion E. Carl received their FH-1s during the Autumn of 1947. It was also this unit where the first FH-1 display, or aerobatics group was formed, named the Marine Phantoms. Another one was established at the Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River, named the Gray Angels, but was also unofficially known as the Admirals‘ Group as its members were Rear Admirals D.Galler, E.A. Cruise and A.Soucek.
The FH-1 Phantom did not see very long first line service, it was transferred to Naval Air Reserve units at various Naval Air Stations throughout the whole US rather soon and by 1955, the Phantom had retired from active service. In 1964, two airframes and another one to supply spare parts were used to civil jet pilot training by Progressive Aero Inc. company.
The 1/72 Phantom jet was already in our production range back in the 1990s in the form of a short-run type model kit. Now, we have prepared for you a completely new, 3D-designed, cutting-edge model which, apart from the name Phantom, has absolutely nothing common with the previous one. There are three sprues of grey injected moulded styrene, one clear sprue and on top of it also a fret of etched details. The decal sheet was expertly printed by Italian Cartograf and caters for four machines, three of which are in the military standard of dark blue while the fourth option portrays a civilian machine in white overall with red trim. Make your choice from the following options:
no. 750 operated by the NATC and flown by Rear Admiral Apollo Soucek, member of the Gray Angels aerobatics and display team.
no. 108 assigned to Naval Air Station Grosse Ile, 1951, with the fuselage band in Orange. On the occasion of a public show, this airframe was carried an enlistment poster underneath its canopy, the poster is also in the decal sheet.
A-FH-1 of the Marine Phantoms display team of VMF-2, with yellow trim.
FH-1 Phantom, N2482A, as used for the pilot training in Teterboro School of Aviation.

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IAR-81 BoPi "Dive Bomber" 1/32 Scale Barcode
100-SH32073 1/32 8594071086312

In the late 1930s, the Polish PZL P.11 and P.24 all-metal, high wing fighter planes were produced under licence by I.A.R., Industria Aeronautica Romana. As it was quite clear that such type of design was nearing obsolescence and the future belonged to low wing fighters with retractable undercarriage and enclosed canopy, a design team led by Ion Grosu was formed with the aim to project a modern warplane of such sort. Using the P.24´s fuselage structure, a new fighter plane was created and named the I.A.R.80. The first prototype airframe was fitted with the I.A.R. 14K-IIc32 fourteen­cylinder, double-row radial, delivering 870 hp and was taken aloft for the first time on April 4, 1939. The new fighter had performance approaching that of contemporary foreign designs like the Hurricane, P-36, MS 406 and Bf 109D. Various changes to the plane’s armament led to the I.A.R.80 A, B and C sub-versions being created, and also the I.A.R.81 C which was designed for the fighter-bomber role in the spring of 1941. A specialised dive bomber version, the I.A.R.81 BoPi was also built, fitted with a hinged underbelly bomb rack of design similar to that of the Stuka. When the bomb was released during the dive, the rack swung it outside the propeller arc. Two batches of the BoPi version were built, machines c/n 91-105 and c/n 151-175
The Romania Air Force´s fighter and ground attack units were equipped with the I.A.R.80/81 type right from the beginning of the country´s involvement in the Second World War and until the end of hostilities. Fifty I.A.R.80s were in service during the attack against the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941. The 6th Group (61st and 62nd squadrons) and the 8th Group (41st and 60th Squadrons) were engaged at Stalingrad front during the autumn of 1942. 1 August 1943 saw I.A.R.80 & 81s defending the Ploiesti oil plants from attack by USAAF B-24 Liberators, during ‘Operation Tidal Wave’, when the Rumanian fighters downed some of the heavy bombers. On 10 June 1944, I.A.R.81Cs from 6th Fighter Group confronted P-38 Lightnings belonging to the USAAF 82nd and 1st FG (American pilots mistakenly reported having fought Fw 190As).
Romania joined the Allies on 24 August 1944, and changed back the national insignia worn by its aircraft from crosses to traditional blue, yellow and red roundels. Being under Soviet command, the I.A.R.80/81 units saw combat over Hungary and later also during the liberation of Czechoslovakia over the areas of Moravia and Slovakia, where they enjoyed and suffered their final victories and losses. Remaining airframes of the 80/81 type kept on serving in Romania until the 1950s, some of them also being rebuilt in 1950 to advanced trainer version known as the I.A.R.81DC.
In the box adorned with a bomb-laden I.A.R.81 BoPi airplane, the modeller will find in total seven injection moulded sprues made using steel tools, one clear styrene sprue with canopy parts and other smaller clear items, nicely detailed set of resin parts and a fret of photo etches. The model comes complete with the centre-line rack bomb and underwing bombs and their racks. The decals offer four Romanian options, two of them in a three-tone scheme, the other two in two-tone camouflage.

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1/32 P-51D Mustang Main Undercarriage Strengthened legs, for Revell kit Scale Barcode
129-5123 1/32 8595593125930

This set consists of new main undercarriage legs made of specially hardened resin material. The cast parts are heat treated in an oven which gives them a high degree of hardiness. What is more, the master pattern was created using 3D technology making the resin cast legs substantially more detailed.

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1/32 P-51D Mustang Metal Drop Tank w/ jutting filler neck (2 pcs), for Revell kit Scale Barcode
129-5128 1/32 8595593125947

Two metal-type drop tanks with jutting filler neck as seen fitted to the P-51D. The tank is a solid resin cast and the neck comes as separate part. You will not find this type of tank in the 1/32 Revell kit. Master pattern created using 3D.

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1/72 P-40N Engine Set, for Special Hobby kit Scale Barcode
129-7390 1/72 8595593125954

This detailed open engine compartment set has been designed to fit the new 1/72 Special Hobby P-40N kit. The set contains also the cowling panels.

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1/35 German WWI Minenwerfer Crewmember Loading Shell Scale Barcode
129-F35342 1/35 8595593125961

CMK bring you a figure of a German WW1 soldier portrayed while loading a shell into a 25cm mortar (CMK offer this resin cast weapon as RA 058, German WW1 25cm schwerer Minenwerfer / Heavy Mortar). The soldier is holding the shell on his shoulder. Among the cast parts, you will find also a wicker basket used for the shell storage. The head and both arms of the figure come as separate parts.

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1/72 Two Kneeling Soldiers and Commanding Officer, US Army Infantry Squad 2nd Division Scale Barcode
129-F72343 1/72 8595593125978

These figures depict US Army soldiers, members of the Infantry Squad 2nd Division on a patrol somewhere in Afghanistan. Two of the figures are kneeling, carrying a breathing apparatus and a MOLLE ruck sack and they are also pointing their SOPMOD M4 carbines forwards. The third figure is portrayed as standing, holding his SOPMOD M4 carbine on his chest, with a MOLLE ruck sack on his back. The soldiers also wear ballistic goggles and/or sun glasses. All the equipment, the helmets and the bulletproof vests provide ultimate detail. The figures are suitable not just for the M1126 Stryker model. The master patterns have been 3D designed and created.

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1/72 RAF Pilot Sitting in Cockpit w/Monkey on Shoulder + 2 Mechanics, Western Desert, for Special Hobby Kittyhawk kit Scale Barcode
129-F72344 1/72 8595593125985

Nicely detailed figure of an RAF pilot as sitting in the cockpit plus two figures of his ground crew while preparing the fighter plane for take off from an African desert air strip. The set has been tailored to fit the new Special Hobby P-40 kit, or to be more precise the Kittyhawk as the plane was known to the Brits.

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1/32 P-51D Mustang – Tail Wheel with Strengthened leg, for Revell kit Scale Barcode
129-Q32322 1/32 8595593125992

This set contains a brand new tail wheel leg made of specially hardened, oven-baked resin for extra strength. The wheel itself is of a standard type of resin. Both the leg and wheel have been 3D-designed and offer much higher levels of detail compared to the kit parts.

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1/72 Vampire Mainwheels and Nosewheel, for Special Hobby kit Scale Barcode
129-Q72313 1/72 8595593126005

This set brings all new wheels (two main and one nosewheel), the nosewheel comes as one part meaning it is not necessary to assemble it from two halves as the kit item. The tyres of the mainwheels are block tread style. Master pattern was 3D designed.

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1/72 A-4B/P Skyhawk Mainwheels and Nosewheel (early with spoke type hubs), for Airfix kit Scale Barcode
129-Q72314 1/72 8595593126012

This set consists of all new spoke type hub undercarriage wheels, the master patterns have been 3D designed. The nose wheel comes as one part with the lower section of the leg and is an easy replacement of the original Airfix kit underdetailed leg.

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AF-3S Guardian 1/48 Scale Barcode
100-SH48194 1/48 8594071086671

Northrop Delta Mk.II/III "RCAF" 1/72 Scale Barcode
100-SH72351 1/72 8594071085728

C-41A 'US Transport Plane' 1/72 Scale Barcode
100-SH72385 1/72 8594071086688


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